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Waving the bloody sock of debunking? **
2007-04-26 17:20
by Bob Timmermann

Gary Thorne on a MASN broadcast for the Orioles claimed that Curt Schilling's bloody sock from the 2004 postseason was actually a fraud, and nothing more than a painted piece of hosiery.

"The great story we were talking about the other night was that famous red stocking that he wore when they finally won, the blood on his stocking," Thorne said to broadcast partner Jim Palmer, the Hall of Fame pitcher, in a conversation that had begun with a discussion of Schilling's blog.

"Nah," Thorne said. "It was painted. Doug Mirabelli confessed up to it after. It was all for PR. Two-ball, two-strike count.

Palmer: "Yeah, that was the 2004 World Series [sic]." Thorne: "Yeah."

During a break two innings later, Thorne confirmed that's what he said, and that Mirabelli had told him so in a conversation "a couple of years ago."

"Go ask him [Mirabelli]," Thorne said.

Mirabelli denied the report after the game.

Baltimore Sun story.

Link via BTF

Update - David Pinto is skeptical of Thorne's story and he doesn't like Thorne either.

The doctor who worked on Schilling says it's real.

As does the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Thorne fell on his sock today and said he was wrong.


2007-04-26 08:15:16
1.   D4P
Palmer added, regardless whether the sock was red from blood or paint, ''it doesn't detract from what Curt Schilling did.''

Not did the bloody sock ever really add to what Curt Schilling did.

2007-04-26 12:23:51
2.   Eric Enders
I've seen the sock up close. It's at the HOF. It really, really doesn't seem plausible that the stain is paint.

I do think Schilling milked the sock thing for all it was worth, though, and probably more. It was way overplayed.

2007-04-26 12:33:54
3.   Bob Timmermann
We'll get the Shroud of Turin boys working on it.
2007-04-26 12:56:53
4.   El Lay Dave
3 Until they finish, the blood authenticity is in limbo.
2007-04-26 12:57:50
5.   El Lay Dave
2 Not that Schilling shouldn't. Why not, he's in the entertainment business.
2007-04-26 16:46:20
6.   Johnson
4 There is no limbo anymore. Where do dead unbaptized bloody socks go?
2007-04-26 17:57:22
7.   El Lay Dave
6 The space between the washing maching drum and the casing.
2007-04-26 20:35:20
8.   capdodger
6 They go into the laundry with OxyClean.

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